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Jose Padua: In the Season of Blue Afternoons and Starry Starry Nights

. It’s 1979 and I’m just out of college and loving the landscape doing the only kind of traveling I can afford when the Greyhound bus stops along the highway … Continue reading

September 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Laura Bates — Everyday Sexism

In this fascinating talk, founder of the award-winning EverydaySexismProject, Laura Bates, talks about her inspiring initiative. EveryDaySexism is a growing collection of over 50,000 women’s experiences of gender imbalance. The … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Christina Hoff Sommers — The top five feminist myths of all time

Domestic violence statistics, girls sold as sex slaves, the wage gap– what are the real statistics behind the plight of American women? And are the real numbers beyond critical analysis? … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Subjectivity and the West

Subjectivity is the measure by which we accord dignity and gravitas to someone else. Without it, a person is just a thing, an object, and one may abuse it, ignore … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: “1st September 1939” by W.H. Auden

The date marked the moment when Germany invaded Poland, initiating the start of World War II. “September 1, 1939″ was originally published in The New Republic on October 18, 1939. … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · 3 Comments

Smart Chickens, Playful Pigs, Social Cows, Feeling Fish

Smart Chickens Like all birds, chickens are smart animals with complex and meaningful social relationships. In fact, their intelligence is so advanced that a recent study by the University of … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Toni Morrison: Nobel Prize 1993 Acceptance Speech (Text and Video)

“Once upon a time there was an old woman. Blind but wise.” Or was it an old man? A guru, perhaps. Or a griot soothing restless children. I have heard … Continue reading

August 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Radical Art and Life of Diego Rivera

El Vendedor De Alcatraces — Portrait of Angelina Beloff 1909 — Colonisation, The Great City of Tenochtitlan, detail from the mural, Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Mexico, 1945-52 — Cultivation of Maize … Continue reading

August 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Six Reasons Why Men Are Avoiding Marriage

The percentage of people getting married is falling in the United States, and many observers claim that this trend reflects a change in young men’s attitudes toward marriage. Rather than … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Frans de Waal — Moral Behavior in Animals

Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity — caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Clifford Thompson: Twin of Blackness

I have come to think of blackness as my twin. The proof is that we came along at the same time: 1963, the year of my birth, also brought the … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: The Lady Lifers — A moving song from women in prison for life

The ten women in this chorus have all been sentenced to life in prison. They share a moving song about their experiences — one that reveals their hopes, regrets and … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Walt Whitman at the Huntington Malls along Walt Whitman Avenue

. I celebrate myself even amid this sheet-rocked temple of kitsch, even in the asphalt tributaries of traffic in which giant Bentleys bumble like Junebugs through the lesser Hondas of … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Eduardo Galeano: In Praise of Nellie Bly

. On this morning in 1889, Nellie Bly set off. Jules Verne did not believe that this pretty little woman could circle the globe by herself in less than eighty … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · 1 Comment